‘Is the Vicar in, Pet?‘ (Sphere 2014) is my story of growing up in Ashington, a mining town in Northumberland, in the 1970s, when my father was appointed vicar there. Newly arrived from a suburb of Newcastle I found it a strange, different yet also magical place where you could never quite be sure who would be ringing the doorbell next.
Jane Shilling in the Daily Mail called it a ‘gentle story of a cosy, secure childhood among a community whose hearts were as warm as the coal fires that burned in their hearths’.
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Co-written with Emma Gray, ‘One Girl and Her Dogs‘ (Sphere 2012) is the story of Northumberland shepherdess Emma, who – to the surprise of many – is awarded the tenancy of a National Trust farm at the tender age of twenty-three. The book tells of the highs and lows of her first year on the beautiful but remote farm, with her loyal collies at her side.
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